Pricing's risen quite a lot with this Swift Sport Hybrid - you're now looking at nearly £22,000 for ownership. Still, that's not too far off what you'd pay for a well specified version of this car's closest rival, the Ford Fiesta ST. As before, the buying proposition is simple, a single five-door bodystyle with a single six-speed gearbox option and one decently kitted trim level. Suzuki has at least sugared the pill of the price increase by throwing in some extra standard camera-driven safety tech - specifically additional rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition and blind spot monitor systems. That's in addition to autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control, 'Lane departure warning', a 'Weaving alert function' and 'High-beam assist'.
In fact, this car is better equipped all round than you might expect a relatively affordable warm hatch to be. Aesthetic touches include carbon fibre-style embossing for the front grille, the front-lip spoiler, the side skirts and the rear diffuser, plus thin-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there's a Bluetooth-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display unit with a 7-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker DAB audio system and SD Card 3D-map navigation. Plus there's a rear view camera, front fog lamps, keyless entry, LED headlamps, LED tail lights. Buyers are offered the car in one solid colour and five metallic colours, along with two further colours available optionally
as two-tone with a black roof.